By guest blogger Jon-Jon Burnett
I got a call from a friend of mine who's a big fan of Noah Baumbach. He hated Margot at the Wedding. What? You must be kidding, man. This movie's great.
Reviews say that the characters in Margot at the Wedding characters have acid tongues, and that everyone in it is a kook. I hadn't really noticed that. Do you ever watch a movie and like everyone in it and then find out afterwards that lots of people thought they were all despicable?
This movie's shot by Harris Savides, who shot Gus Van Sant's Young Death Trilogy and The Yards and Zodiac. He also shot another Nicole Kidman vehicle, Birth, an underrated gem.
Those movies would be unthinkable without him, especially the Van Sant ones, and he's probably the reason Margot at the Wedding is so good. There's a scene near the beginning of Margot where two characters are talking in a guest room and the light's dimmer than it usually is in supposedly dialogue-driven movies. Not expressionistically dim, just really dark. It's great. Which has me thinking, why who cares about dialogue?
JJL--you're the best.
Hey, know what movie I forgot about that JJL is in? And that Nicole Kidman was going to be in? And that also had people hemming and hawing when they should have been hooraying?
"Hey Meg, guess what? In 2007 I'll be in the movie of the year! I'm going to play Pauline."
Speaking of Pauline, when was the last time you watched Pauline at the Beach? Surprise, surprise, another great Rohmer movie from the Eighties.
Everybody's talking about Ellen Juno Page, who starred in Hard Candy and X-Men 3 when she was a teenager. Forget about her. Hard Candy's the worst. Amanda Pauline Langlet could have showed her a thing or two. Just ask Mariel. She'll tell you how it is. Man, Mariel loves Amanda Langlet.
Wowy zowy, have you seen Ellen Page's headshot on imdb? Bad hat alert!